Clean kegs are happy kegs

The first week of my brewery appprenticeship culminated in acquaintance with the keg washer, a mess of pipes, hoses, valves and steaming caustic solution resembling a twisted steampunk nightmare.

It took a few runs through the washing process, a series of steps in which the foul effluvia of expired beer gets blown and flushed out, and the keg is scoured with said boiling caustic.

It sure is glamorous, humping kegs on and off the machine. That, alas, is part of the reality of what small brewers must do every day in order to bring you the beer you love.



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